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Morocco: Rescuers search for survivors as death toll from earthquake hits 2,100

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Elvis Adjetey
Elvis Adjetey
Elvis Adjetey is an experienced African journalist who has worked with top media brands in Ghana where he is based.

Rescue workers in Morocco have intensified the search for more survivors more than 48 hours after an earthquake killed over 2100 people.

They are also providing assistance for 2,421 people who were injured in the earthquake.

Moroccan authorities have begun to erect tents in the High Atlas, where villages have been completely destroyed by the earthquake.

On Sunday, Morocco announced that it had responded favorably, “at this stage”, to offers from four countries “to send search and rescue teams”: The countries are Spain, Great Britain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

In a statement, the government said the teams have been in contact with their counterparts in Morocco with a view to coordinating their efforts.

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Spain said it had already sent 86 rescue workers to Morocco, accompanied by dogs specialized in searching for victims.

Reports say a Qatari humanitarian flight took off on Sunday evening from the Al-Udeid air base on the outskirts of Doha.

A number of countries including France, United States and Israel, had offered to help Morocco in the wake of the devastating earthquake.

Race against time 

In the province of Al-Haouz, the epicenter of the quake south of the tourist city of Marrakech in central Morocco, rescue workers, volunteers and members of the armed forces are working to find survivors and pull bodies from the rubble.

In Tikht, a small village near Adassil, a minaret and a handful of unpainted clay houses stand amidst an apocalyptic landscape.

“Life is over here,” laments Mohssin Aksum, 33, a resident. “The village is dead.

Moroccan security forces are digging graves for the victims, while others are setting up yellow tents for earthquake survivors left homeless.

Friday evening’s earthquake with a magnitude of 7 according to the Moroccan Center for Scientific and Technical Research (6.8 according to the US Seismological Service), was the strongest ever measured in Morocco.

Solidarity is being organized in Marrakech, where many residents have rushed to hospitals to donate blood for the victims.

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